Gore, Oklahoma

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Gore is a town in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 850 at the 2000 census. The town was originally known as "Campbell," but later changed its name on October 22, 1909 in honor of Oklahoma Senator Thomas Gore, a distant relative of Albert Gore, Sr., the Tennessee Senator and father of U.S. Vice President Al Gore, but this has never been proven. Gore is the birthplace of 1969 Heisman Trophy Winner, Steve Owens, who was raised in Miami, Oklahoma. There is a sports complex in Gore named after him.

Gore is the trout capital of Oklahoma, with great fishing in Lake Tenkiller, the Illinois River, and the Arkansas River.[citation needed]



Professional basketball coach John Whisenant was born and raised in Gore.

Actor Joshua Morrow of The Young and the Restless briefly attended school at Gore.

Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith once used to frequent Gore while married to his second wife Teresa Barrick, who is originally from the area.

Thomas Gore, whom the town is named after, is claimed, to have been an atheist with a strong misanthropic streak - "a populist who didn't like people", as put by his grandson, author Gore Vidal.

The Attorney General for the State of Maine, G. Steven Rowe, is from Gore, OK.

1969 Heisman Trophy winner Oklahoma University running back Steve Owens was born in Gore, OK.


Gore is located at 35°31′58″N 95°06′54″W / 35.532851°N 95.115032°W / 35.532851; -95.115032.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2).2.3 square miles (5.9 km2).

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